Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) together with other patients’ associations that treat rheumatologic diseases recognized worldwide are meeting next 9th and 10th of October to find solutions to osteoarthritis.

It is estimated that 242 million people have osteoarthritis in the world and the number of patients is increasing.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects both the cartilage and the bone and soft tissue of the joint. Globally, it is estimated that 242 million people have osteoarthritis.

Despite its social impact, osteoarthritis is seen as a distant pathology, only associated with old age. However, the reality is that it not only affects the elderly. With an increased life expectancy and the change of societal attitudes towards a more active lifestyle in which the practice of sports is commonplace, the cases of arthrosis are beginning to be detected in other younger risk groups such as postmenopausal women, sports persons and even young people.

With the aim to awareness about the disease and people who suffer it, Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) is hosting the I International Congress for OA Patients, in collaboration with Obra Social ”la Caixa”.

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“For the first time in history a congress is going to be held to to treat this pathology in an exclusive way” says Dr. Josep Vergés, OAFI’s president. “From our Foundation, we think it is important to give OA patients attention. Many times, this pathology is associated with old age and the patients feel alone and misunderstood. However, osteoarthritis is a painful disease that directly affects the mobility and autonomy of the person who suffers it with the psychological wear and tear it entails. Moreover, it is linked to other co-morbidity problems such as hypertension or cardiovascular diseases, among others..

Partnerships

International and national patient associations such as Arthritis Foundation (USA), Spanish League of Rheumatology (LIRE), Pan-American League of Rheumatology Associations (PANLAR), Spanish Association with Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (AECOSAR) besides the International Osteoarthritis Foundation (OAFI), among others, will meet in Barcelona to give prominence to patients with osteoarthritis, know their health demands and promote research and innovation in this disease.

About 150 million patients will be represented with these associations that will take the opportunity to celebrate the second meeting of the OA Task Force.

The I International Congress for OA Patients will become a meeting point for patients, public administration, medical and scientific societies, research and development centers and other entities which promote awareness about this disease.

Program

The program includes social activities, round tables and conferences where experts will talk about osteoarthritis as a challenge for the future, the quality of life of patients, OA in athletes and postmenopausal women, physicians and empowered patients relationship and the patient role in R+D+I and in the drugs regulation, among other topics.

The Congress coincides with the week that World Arthritis Day (October 12) is celebrated. Attendance to the event is free and for all ages. More information here.

THE CONGRESS
SUMMARY OF THE DAY

The day begins with this video which contains a summary of  the congress.

WELCOME TO THE CONGRESS

Welcome to the congress by Dr. Josep Vergés, Mrs. Paloma Casado, Deputy Director General of Quality and Cohesion at the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Mrs. María Pueyo, from the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Mrs. Cristina Segura, Department Director, Social Area of the Fundación Bancaria Obra Social “La Caixa”.

OSTEOARTHRITIS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Lecture by Dr. Josep Vergés “Osteoarthritis, a challenge for the future”.

THE PATIENT’S PERCEPTION AND QUALITY OF LIFE

Round table discussion on the perception and quality of life of osteoarthritis patients, with the participation of Mrs. Ann Palmer, President of the Arthritis Foundation, Dr. Josep Vergés, President of the OAFI Foundation, Dr. Maritza Quintero, Co-ordinator of the PANLAR osteoarthritis group, Mr. Dieter Weik, Vice-President of the PARE(EULAR) and Benito Martos, President of the Spanish Rheumatological League (LIRE); moderated by the journalist Ricardo Aparicio.

 OSTEOARTHRITIS IN WOMEN

Round table discussion on osteoarthritis in women, especially from menopause onwards. Led by rheumatology specialists Dr. Montse Ronera and Dr. Ingrid Möller and the patients and volunteers from OAFI, Mª Josep Sans and Montse Mechó.

INFORMED PATIENT VS EMPOWERED PATIENT

“Informed patient vs. Empowered patient”, a lecture by Dr. Jordi Monfort, from the Rheumatology Department of the Hospital del Mar, Barcelona.

MULTIPLE OSTEOARTHRITIS. EACH JOINT, A DIFFERENT DISEASE

“Multiple Arthrosis. Each joint, a different disease”, a lecture by Dr. Oswaldo Castañeda, a rheumatologist at the Clínica Angloamericana, Lima, Peru.

THE PATIENT IN R+D+I AND IN THE REGULATION OF MEDICINES

Round table discussion “The patient in R & D & I and in the regulation of medicines”. Dr. Fernando García Alonso, scientific director of Ferrer, Mr. Enric Banda, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and Dr. Xavier Carné, clinical pharmacologist and former president of the CEIc of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona will participate. The table will be moderated by the journalist Ricardo Aparicio.

THE DOCTOR AND THE EMPOWERED PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

Round table discussion on the relationship between doctor and empowered patient in the field of osteoarthritis. Representatives of various medical societies involved in the management of osteoarthritis discuss the new roles of doctors and patients. The table is moderated by Dr. Antonio García García, President of the Instituto Teófilo Hernando, and the participants are: Dr. José Luis Llisterri, President of SEMERGEN, Dr. José Vicente Moreno, Honorary President of SER, and Dr. Jordi Ardèvol, Director of the Scientific Committee of SETRADE.

BENEFITS OF NORDIC WALKING

Dr. Ramon López and Nordic walking instructor Antonio Brieba, both from the Fundación Caminoterapia-Walklim, explain the benefits of Nordic walking for joint health.

MYTHS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

The President of the OAFI, Dr. Josep Vergés, together with journalist Ricardo Aparicio, explodes the myths about osteoarthritis in this talk on the presence of osteoarthritis in the media.

BARÇA INNOVATION HUB

Marta Aubia, head of the Barça Innovation Hub, and Dr. Gil Rodas, the medical manager, explain the Barça Innovation Hub.

OSTEOARTHRITIS AND SPORTS MEDICINE

Round table discussion on osteoarthritis and sports medicine with specialists in sports medicine Dr. José María Villalón, from the medical services of Club Atlético de Madrid, and Dr. Gil Rodas, head of the medical area of the Barça Innovation Hub, and former Olympic athletes Jesús García Bragado and Manel González.

CLOSURE

Closure of the 1st International Congress of Osteoarthritis Patients, with the participation of the President of the OAFI Foundation, Dr. Josep Vergés and the Director-General of Professional Planning and Health Regulation of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

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